Long hired as boys basketball coach at Sand Creek

Sand Creek graduate Joe Long has been named the Aggie boys varsity basketball coach.

Long graduated from Sand Creek in 1989, where he was a three-sport athlete.

“It’s such an honor to come back to Sand Creek and to coach there,” Long said. “I always wanted to go back to Sand Creek, getting back to the same hallways that I walked in and same gym that I played in. There is such a great tradition at Sand Creek.”

Long was most recently the girls basketball coach at Vandercook Lake, where he spent one season. Prior to that, he coached the Lenawee Christian girls varsity for eight seasons, compiling an 83-100 record, coaching six girls who earned All-State honors and reaching the state title game once. His final LCS team, the 2016-17 girls, finished No. 1 in the state in the All-State Academic listing and won 15 games.

In high school, Long played for head coach Charlie Risner, joining the Sand Creek varsity team as a sophomore and was instantly becoming one of the leading scorers in the league. His senior season, when Sand Creek moved out of its old gym and into its much larger fieldhouse, the Aggies won a district championship.

Sand Creek went 20-1 in 2016-17 and finished 10-12 last season after starting the season 10-4. The season ended in turmoil when head coach Tory VanSickle stepped down right before the close of the regular season. Another former Aggie, Scott Smith, took over the team for the remainder of the season.

“Sand Creek is excited about putting Joe in charge of the boys basketball program,” said Sand Creek Supt. Steve Laundra. “His knowledge and passion for the game of basketball and his enthusiasm to return to his alma mater made him the clear choice.”

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